I have a hard time watching jihadi films, particularly when they’re showing attacks on American troops. I was once shown a collection of video shots from Iraqi insurgents of sniper attacks on American troops. Those are images I’ll never be able to get out of my mind. That said, I do believe they provide invaluable insight into how the enemy operates, its tactics, techniques and procedures.
Tomorrow night, the always excellent Frontline is airing a new documentary, Behind Taliban Lines. It’s shot by a veteran Afghan journalist who followed an insurgent cell for 10 days as they moved men and material between villages and prepare IEDs to attack American convoys. He lived among fighters from Hezb-i-Islami, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s insurgent network, made up of Afghans, Pakistanis, Uzbeks, Tajiks and others.
The promo says his insurgent embed was cut short when two men arrive from Pakistan, ask why he’s being allowed to film, claim he’s a spy and should be beheaded.